Apply Now: ‘Dancing the Pluriverse’ Young Dance Maker bursaries

When? Friday 19th April 2024

Where? South East Dance workshops – Jamie Watton Creation Space, Brighton

What? ‘Dancing the Pluriverse – Dancing Otherwise’, is a day of workshops, talks and exchanges where everyone is welcome to come along, work with each other and explore how themes of equity, inclusion and pluriversality (many voices) are explored in dance practice and how they can help us to participate in and choreograph contemporary dance practice in an inclusive and equitable manner – how do we co-create and dance with and alongside each other? What do we learn when we make space for multiple voices, bodies, and ways of being in the dance space?

The event is part of the AHRC funded Dancing Otherwise Network that invites members of the public, dance artists and dance researchers to engage in events and activities and collectively explore how we might foster inclusive, entangled modes of working and dancing together that might lead to a more equitable UK dance ecology and demonstrate the wider potential for dance practices to present models for societal change.

The event is free to attend and to aid participation we are offering three bursaries of £75 each to young dance makers living in Sussex to support their attendance at the event (for example by covering travel costs etc). A young dance maker can be anyone of any age engaged in the first two-years of their dance making journey.

How to apply: To apply for the bursary please email and tell us (in no more than 800 words or a 5 minute video) a little bit about your dance making career so far, what kind of work you make, why you are interested in attending the event and how you think it might benefit your work and your personal development as a young dance maker. Please also let us know of any access requirements you may have. The deadline for the application is: Monday 26th Feb 2024 at 11.59 pm and we will let you know if you have been successful by Monday 4th March 2024.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity amongst our team and welcome applications from all sections of the community. All areas of the event are wheelchair accessible. If you have any questions or need the application information in a different format, please contact Katie by email: 

How we will select the bursary recipients: Applications will be assessed by Professor Victoria Hunter (Professor in Site Dance) and Katie Dale-Everett (Movement and Dance Sussex CIC). They will be looking at how strongly you can evidence how you will benefit from this opportunity. 

The Schedule for the Day is here:

10.30 – 12.30 – workshop 1: Led by Anna des Clayes from Communitas dance company. This workshop is open to adult movers of all levels and is suitable also for beginners. Anna will explore building community through dancing together. Come and join in and explore being with others through moving

Lunch 12.24-1.45

2.00 – 4.00 – workshop 2: Led by Alexandrina Hemsley. This workshop is for dancers and dance professionals with at least two years of dance training and experience. Through creative tasks and movement exercises Alexandrina will share their choreographic practice and approach performance making that explores fluid spaces of dance, choreography, writing, facilitating and advocacy

Break – refreshments (tea and coffee, biscuits available)

5.30 – 7.00pm – Round table discussion / talk – open floor discussion: Open to all. Come and join the network leads Vicky Hunter (Bath Spa University), Daniela Perazzo (Kingston University) and Michelle Elliott (Bath Spa University) in dialogue with Anna des Clayes and Alexandrina Hemsley (workshop leaders) discussing what a dance pluriverse might look like and how their practices explore ideas of community, decolonisation, equity and inclusion central to the Dancing Otherwise Network through and in their practices. You are invited to ask questions, tell us about your experiences and help us shape the research agenda. This event will have BSL interpretation.

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The event is free to attend but booking is essential – you can join us for all or part of the day (unless you are a bursary recipient where you will need to attend the whole day).- just sign up so we know when you are coming!

We encourage you to contact us if you have any specific accessibility issues so that we can support you with attending this event. 

We look forward to welcoming you.